autarky

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noun au·tar·ky \ˈȯ-ˌtär-kē\

Definition of autarky

  1. 1 :  self-sufficiency, independence; specifically :  national economic self-sufficiency and independence

  2. 2 :  a policy of establishing a self-sufficient and independent national economy

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Origin and Etymology of autarky

German Autarkie, from Greek autarkeia, from autarkēs self-sufficient, from aut- + arkein to defend, suffice — more at ark


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